Monday, January 28, 2008


I must admit, I'm paranoid. I concoct all types of "logical" reasons and theories about why people do the things they do. Well, for the past week, I've been totally annoyed that I felt like an acquaintance was avoiding me. Normally, I wouldn't care. However, we have a project coming up soon that requires collaboration. With the deadline fast approaching I finally called her only to find out that she and her kids have been sick for a week. I guess I believe her. Anyhoo... we were able to get a lot of our work done. Initially, I thought she was irritated that I took the lead (secretly I still do), but it looks like it was a huge misunderstanding!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Why do I continue to deal with people that drive me crazy?!? No, I'm not talking about family. That's largely out of my control. I'm talking about people in the general population. Why do I interact with them? I must secretly enjoy the madness and hour long "critique fests" that always follow these encounters. Nevertheless, it's very troubling. That said, I have a friend that expressed the same irritation with some of her blogger friends. She stalks certain blogs despite being totally annoyed after reading the posts. Maybe we should see therapists to get to the bottom of this strange and annoying compulsion.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

What's in Your Crackpot?

During Winter months I want to eat warm, rich foods that warm me up from the inside out. Now, while this is great tasting, my Winter recipes are not low in fat. They usually involve a creamy soup or gravy. I try to use my slow cooker/crock pot weekly. Yesterday when I picked up JB from school, he asked what we were having for dinner. I told him we were having beef in the crock pot. We ran a couple of errands and when the thought came back he asked,"What's in your crack pot, again?". I couldn't hold back the tears. The "crack pot"! Just hilarious!

Monday, January 21, 2008


I'm halfway done reading She's Gonna Blow and though it has some good points, it's not exactly what I expected. I find that as long as I'm reading it, I'm cool. Precisely five minutes after I close it, I feel the tension climbing up my neck and settling into my shoulders!

One of my biggest problems these days is dealing with attitudes. I cannot tolerate an attitude coming from a small child. My way of correcting it doesn't seem to be very effective, because it continues. That and disobedience are the two fastest ways to push my buttons and send me into a psycho-crazed mode!

The funny thing is, JB constantly tests me in this area. He pulls out all the stops in public, as if he dares me to respond. Of course, I always do! He hasn't figured out how politically correct and discrete his mama can be. With that said, I still think his "outbursts" are inappropriate and my responses still get unwanted attention/glares. I've just got to stay consistent (as I have been) and trust that we'll work through this. MC is picking up some of his behaviors from his brother, but his personality and temperament are totally different. Overall, he's more compliant.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

What a Lazy Day!

Thank goodness for long weekends! I have enjoyed a leisurely day of folding and putting away clothes, cleaning dark corners and mopping. Not too lazy, huh?
My husband and the Wii are entertaining the boys, for the moment. That is, until they start screaming that one is beating the other.
I find that when you're the mom of two small children and you're scouring bookstores for She's Gonna Blow, a christian book helping moms deal with anger issues, you get lots of sympathetic looks! After stopping at several bookstores, I finally found my copy and read a quarter of it last night.
I'm sure the rest of the mommy population is just as stressed out as me. It's always good to read and refresh with some new ideas and a little cheering on from the "amen corner".
I still haven't started my other blog with ideas, but I will soon. Of course I always bite off more than I can chew!
Speaking of over commiting, I have already started planning the next birthday party (months in advance) as well as the class Valentine's Party and our summer vacation. I tried to relinquish control with my oldest's party and wasn't satisfied so, I must pick up the torch!
* For all future references my kids will be JB and MC.

Friday, January 18, 2008

So Annoyed

I don't know if it's hormones or just life, but lately I've been terribly annoyed with every little thing!

Among the irritants: household duties, lame people, and the invasion of privacy. With all of the craziness going on these days, I'm just stressed out! I'm tired of hearing idiotic politicians and presidential hopefuls that don't have a clue about what the average "joe" wants and needs. I'm tired of lazy, demonic thugs that are invading every corner of the earth! I'm tired of watching everyone run the rat race of life, trying to keep up with and impress other people--it's so lame!


P.S. Another irritant: Racism in 2008! Whether blatant or disguised, it's so lame!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Time to Vent

I have exactly 48 minutes before we sit down for our nightly homework. I just got everything ready and wanted to vent.

I am so tired of spending so much time analyzing everything and everyone! I wish I could be as nonchalant as some people and just not think twice about things. I can't! I toil over things hours, days, even months after they happen. They just kinda fester before the issue fizzles out! In fact, after my wedding I stewed over some of the "things" that didn't go as planned. They were so minor most people probably didn't even notice, but I did. That night, I stewed over those minute details! This is a really bad habit and I should really pray that God will release me from this self-destructive way of thinking.

Being a mother is the most rewarding, frightening, and exhausting thing I've ever done! I know I'm not perfect, but I can't imagine doing one more thing for my family than I do now. Where would the energy come from?

My oldest son is having an issue with his attitude lately and it's lasting longer than I would like! Being from the old school, there was a certain way these types of issues were dealt with that are highly frowned upon today. That plus, our culture was so different. We knew that we had absolutely no authority and that was a that. However, we were still parented in a way that allowed us (most of us) to fall into place when we became adults. The problem is, kids today are faced with higher expectations at an earlier age (in most areas except behavior and social development). Without balance, you find the super smart kid that can't control his/her mouth. I don't want that! I want both, the smartie without the smart mouth. Factor in the individual personalities yada yada...

I think the most frustrating part of all of this is the fact that other parents play the tally game grading kids and their parents on their "performances". When in actuality, we all have issues! Trust me, I know mine! All kids are different so, parenting styles and techniques have to be different.

I guess this is the joy of parenting in an unconventional way!

Busy Bees

We finished another busy weekend. The birthday party was very nerve wrecking for me (I relinquished too much control), but the kids had fun. My son loved it so, I guess that's all that really matters. Next year, we'll definitely be back to business as usual. I'd much rather be in charge! When I try to "let go", things end up half done!

We also need to shake up our guest list, some of the old friendships (between the kids and adults alike) have run their course. Which leads me to a recurring issue that I have with people and friendships. Although, I would like to have more close friends, I think it's all overrated! I'm not sure if it's even worth the trouble!

This week we'll continue celebrating and then it's time to plan his school Valentine's Party. Before I look up, it will be time for school to be over. I've got lots of lists to write, including one with summer activities! I will go batty in the house all day everyday with both boys home from school!!

Friday, January 11, 2008


Yippee, it's finally Friday! This has been a very difficult week, but it's now over!
My sisters are coming into town for tomorrow's birthday party. We'll watch lots of movies, laugh, eat good food and drink margaritas!

As usual, I'm getting really excited about celebrating another year with my son. Besides the obvious blessings, I'm proud to have another year under my "Mommy Belt". I look back at all the things that I've done and learned this past year. For the most part, I'm pleased. There are definitely areas that need work, but overall I'm proud of my efforts!

Thursday, January 10, 2008


I was wondering how long it would take for the whole 1happymommy thing to be disspelled. Considering the fact that I've been blogging since October, I think I've done well!

Anywhoo...I think the commercial says it best, "Life comes at you fast!"
By 11 am today I experienced every possible emotion and then I pulled it all together and realized that things will be okay. Fortunately I was able to get all of my errands done today. I know what we're having for dinner and will thaw it out after writing. We'll finish up the evening and get up and do it all again tomorrow.

My kids crack me up when they lament on how fun it is to be a grown-up. If only they knew the scoop. My hearts desire is to live a long and healthy life so I can actually have fun being a grandma. Isn't that sad! I'm really going to have to make a better effort to relish these days, because with my luck being a grandma won't be as fun and peachy as I imagine.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Good Morning

The strangest thing happened this week. I've been waking up before 7:00. Now, for most people that doesn't sound like a big deal. But, for me it's monumental. Because I'm a night owl, I'd much rather stay up until 1 or 2 a.m. folding laundry, cleaning and catching up on t.v. shows that I've missed. However, that makes for a very difficult morning when you have to feed and dress 2 small children by 8 a.m.

Waking up earlier really does help the morning go by smoothly. It's especially nice to be able to get up in a pleasant mood! This morning for example, I was able to get the boys dressed, cook breakfast (2 different ones because, of course, they didn't want the same thing), drop my kindergartener off at school, have the car serviced, cook lunch and return to school to have lunch with my boys...all by 11:00!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

No Longer a Laughing Matter

Not only did I have to start over, but I couldn't remember how to add my web counter. Needless to say this 1happymommy wasn't very happy today! My children have been off the wall! I haven't accomplished much more than cleaning the toilets(previous post-accidentally deleted). My neck is tight with tension and overall I'm feeling the need for a trip to the spa!

He Who Laughs Last...

Believe it or not I just made a major screw up. Or at least I think so! I came up with the brilliant idea of creating a new blog that would be more informational and less personal. And since I've become quite proficient with the whole "blogging thing" (or so I thought) I decided to do it today. Well, somewhere between choosing a name and opting to not link the two blogs together online I managed to delete my primary blog! OMG! I've only been journaling since October, some of the entries were funny if I may say so myself. Anyway, it looks like I'll be starting from square 1 on two blogs now!

Let me just recap...
October: Sucky month as it marks the passing of my mom. Walked in Breast Cancer 3-Day.
November: Family came in town for Thanksgiving. We all enjoyed the food and fellowship
December: Lots of hubbub for Christmas. Day trip out of town days before the big day and upon my return things "magically fell into place". I lie a tad!
Jan: Resolve to be a better steward. Get ready for son's sixth birthday.
Here and there lots of ramblings on friendship, chores, and my boys including their activities, funny commentaries and endless indoor football games!

All of this makes me want to have a back up for my journals that I keep at home. I do a personal one and one for each of the boys. God forbid my house ever burn down. I'll literally lose years of milestones that I've taken the time to write about.
Whew...that wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. If you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at?

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